Simon Pegg thinks rehab saved his life.
The 52-year-old actor became an alcoholic after writing about his difficult childhood in his 2009 memoir ‘Nerd Do Well’ and Simon now believes his time at Priory Hospital actually saved him from death.
The movie star – who became addicted to the ‘numb feeling’, rather than the ‘chemical addiction’ to alcohol – admitted: “[I] just didn’t know how to escape it.”
Simon drank alcohol for breakfast at the height of his addiction issues, and he now admits his past behavior is making him sick.
When asked if he drinks in the morning, the actor replied, “Sometimes. In the worst times…I look back now and it makes me sick.”
Simon eventually entered rehab in a bid to regain some control over his own life.
When asked if he would have died today if he hadn’t entered rehab, he told The Times newspaper: “100%, because, and I don’t think it’s too dramatic to say, this is the ultimate end of this line of flight.”
Simon admits writing his memoir reopened his childhood struggles, including his parents’ divorce.
The ‘Hot Fuzz’ star – who has also struggled with depression since the age of 18 – shared: “My relationship with the two [stepfather and stepmother] was really difficult. They were young and immature. They had their own problems. And I was the walking, talking remnant of another relationship.
“For a child, it’s extremely upsetting to be rejected by an adult. Adults are the authority over everything. When suddenly there’s an adult in a position of parental power who doesn’t like you, it’s like, what the fuck is this?”